December 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Caribbean - Western
Sailed on NCL Jade 12/26/15 to 1/2/16. First let me say that overall it was a nice cruise. Weather was good, mostly clear skies and moderate temperatures. First day "At Sea" was a little rough with seas 4ft-7.5ft. Secondly, the ports of call were as expected. Conzumel we've visited on previous cruises with other cruise lines. No surprises. Belize City, Belize was a disappointment. Took a tram for sites of the city and was shown government buildings, hospital and schools. The disparity of affluence versus poverty here is depressing. Also, here we were required to be tendered in to port and out. About 20 minutes one way. This was not comfortable. Roatan, Honduras was a pleasant surprise. shopping was fun and ALL merchants were friendly and accommodating. It was a fine time sitting on the Jade aft deck and admiring the port and landscape. Return "Day at Sea" was very rough. Seas 7.5ft-12ft. Lots of sick folks. Hard to walk passageways.
Third, we were greatly disappointed in trying to reserve dining at the specialty restaurants for New Year's Eve. ALL reservations were already booked. Hostess at the reservation desk informed us that majority of people had reserved three months in advance. If this is an acceptable option for NCL it needs to be better advertised. Food overall was plentiful and many selections for all meal times, however we found all the taste to be odd or really bland. We never did find a meal that we finished all the courses or said "That was a great meal!" one real bright spot was our cabin steward. He was always very friendly and attentive. He had our names down by day 2. I think next cruise will be through a different cruise line. Overall it was nice...not spectacular. I've done better.